Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
We've put together some commonly asked questions to give you more information about code.sprint - Malta's national coding contest.
As a Computing option student, classroom challenges, within a methodology conducive to problem-solving, are the first steps in preparation for code.sprint at all levels.
Secondary and Post-Secondary contestants may better prepare for the event by working out code.sprint challenges from previous editions.
Secondary level contestants may further prepare themselves for the challenge by working out the workbook that leads to an MQF3 certification – check the accreditation section.
Contestants register by filling their details in the form available in the registration section within the respective category: Secondary, Post-Secondary or Undergraduate.
Registration for the Secondary category will be done by the teacher and is open to three contestants per school.
Currently registrations are closed. Registration for code.sprint 2021 will be announced soon …stay tuned!
Contestants can bring in books and notes or access online resources as needed during the event. The aim is to create a realistic coding scenario, similar to industry reality and to move the focus from learning-by-rote to learning problem-solving.
Despite being an open-book competition, participants cannot communicate to ask for direct help via any online communication tool, as per rules and regulations.
Can I participate even though I do not have Computing option?+
- At secondary level this event is only open to students studying Computing as an option at school.
- At post-secondary level it is open to students studying Computing and/or IT at Intermediate or Advanced level at school.
- At undergraduate level it is only open to students following a degree course in Computing.
It is therefore requested to enter related details that reflect the above mentioned criteria when registering.
Can I participate if I attend the mid-day break Computing/IT club run by our Computing teacher?+
This challenge is only open to Computing option students. Therefore, contestants must have Computing as an optional subject.
Is MQF3 equivalent to O-Level?+
All education pegged to the Malta Qualification Framework (MQF) is quantified in workload hours known as ECTS. 1 ECTS is equivalent to 25 hours of learning. The O-level certification is an MQF3 certification with a total of 12 ECTS.
code.sprint offers two types of certification:
- 1 ECTS Non-Formal certification: Introduction to code.sprint
- 2 ECTS Applied certification: Code.Sprint
In case of the Non-Formal certification, albeit it being pegged to MQF level 3, it is not equivalent to O-Level standard.
In case of the Applied award, although it is equivalent to O-Level standard, it does not reach the number of ECTS required to be considered as an O-Level certification.
Check the accreditation section for further details.
Can I participate in the competition without doing the tasks of the Preparatory Workbook?+
Yes, but you will not achieve MQF Level 3 accreditation.
Can I participate from home if I am not available to attend on the day?+
Albeit it being an open book competition, official supervision on premises is required.
Note: due to Covid-19 mitigation measures, code.sprint 2020 will be held online via Zoom video communications app.
Since only 3 students per school/institution can participate in the secondary category, how are students chosen?+
The criteria for selecting students will be at the discretion of the school.
What I am expecting to bring on the days of the events?+
You will be informed upon registration. Nevertheless, students who use the Keyboard class for input statements are expected to have it in hand.
If I don’t make it for the final, do I get a certificate for participation?+
Yes, you will receive a certificate of participation at school.
How will my programming tasks be assessed during the competition?+
Code will be judged according to a list of assessment criteria that will be made available to competitors when the challenge is assigned. For further detail, one may look at the tasks booklets of code.sprint past editions.